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AMD talks up its first Fusion chip, the Llano APU

By Jos
Feb 9, 2010
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  1. AMD has been talking up its Fusion microprocessor plans for quite some time, ever since it acquired ATI for $5.4 billion in 2006, but for the most part the company has abstained from discussing its upcoming GPU/CPU hybrid in detail. Having missed its original May 2009 launch timeframe, and with Intel's Westmere CPUs featuring built-in graphics already out, it seems AMD is now ready to share a little more.

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  2. Regenweald

    Regenweald Newcomer, in training Posts: 143

    Sounds great on paper, hope it delivers some design wins for AMD/ATI, they *really* need to accelerate product delivery somehow, Intel keeps getting to market first.
  3. Flannelwarrior

    Flannelwarrior Newcomer, in training Posts: 149

    Does someone mind explaining to me what the practical applications of this innovation will be? Would it eliminate the need for a separate graphics chip on the motherboard or dedicated graphics card? And would it outperform the current standard in onboard graphics?

    Would this be used in lowend desktops? Or is it for netbooks / phones / tablets etc?
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,823   +660

    Notebook and smaller part.

    Where's the GPU ? has it been cropped out of the picture ?
  5. Think you might have an error there... Is it supposed to be 256k L1 cache per core?
  6. Forget it... 512k L1 total 128x4 cores. Got it.
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,209   +74

    Intel has no way to compete with AMD graphics, in tech speaks of course they might both have the same idea of technology but Intel's integrated video chipsets are like 10 steps behind AMD's.
  8. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 972   +30

    Kibaruk, from what I've read of Intel's latest integrated graphics, they're just one or two steps behind AMD. There's a chance that by the time Fusion CPU's come out, Intel will have something reasonably competitive for low end gaming.
  9. peas

    peas Newcomer, in training Posts: 50

    Intel's integrated graphics are among the most pathetic in the industry. Not "one or two steps behind", they're generations behind and will never catch up unless Intel really commits to state of the art graphics. No sign of that, just more hand waving from Intel.

    flannelwarrior - this reduces system cost (fewer chips, less complex board layout), lower power, and potentially higher performance per watt. Don't confuse the last part with absolute performance. This type of integrated product will never be able to match discrete graphics. But compared to Intel garbage running at the same power dissipation, it'll blow that out of the water.
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